Sorrel Sky Gallery to Host One-Man Show with Kevin Red Star
“Apsaalooke Lodges” with Native American painter Kevin Red Star at Sorrel Sky Gallery Santa Fe
SANTA FE, NM: April 17, 2018; Sorrel Sky Gallery hosts a one-man show, “Apsaalooke Lodges,” featuring several new works from renowned Native American painter, Kevin Red Star. Opening reception will be attended by the artist from 5:00-7:30 pm on July 6, 2018, at the gallery’s downtown location, 125 W Palace Ave. The show continues throughout the month of July.
Kevin Red Star and his artwork are well respected and honored throughout Native America, and in museums and galleries worldwide. Over the decades, with a clarity and complexity that has been enhanced by time, he has produced a body of work that visually expresses his Apsaalooke or Crow tribal legacy. Continually moved to examine and learn more about his people’s history, Red Star spends time researching and exploring cultural references and stories. Each year he and his family attend the Crow Fair and Encampment in Crow Agency, Montana. It’s a time for families to gather, reconnect and share those stories, both old and new. “We would always hear stories about the travels of our people. How far did they go? Did they make it to the Oregon coast? It’s possible. I like to imagine a Crow TiPi on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.”
The Crow were travelers, with no permanent villages unless encamped. When they did, the TiPi played a central role in their lives. Families gathered to work together, eat together, celebrate together and pass on stories and history. Each tribal group has its own customs of TiPi construction and embellishment. These differences can be subtle or obvious. Perhaps it’s the number of poles used and their placement when assembled, or the elaborate decorations or lack thereof. Although it wasn’t taboo, it also wasn’t the custom among the Crow to decorate their TiPi. Red Star often depicts them against a vivid wash of color, at times enhanced with animal figures, at times luminescent against a star-filled sky. With this new body of work, Red Star intends to explore a minimalistic approach, using gesture-like brushwork that fades into the sky or the land, with a smoky, ethereal quality. “Although my thoughts are always on horses, I’m working on several pieces that focus on the TiPi and its place among the Plains Indian.”
Shanan Campbell Wells, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery looks forward to Kevin’s yearly show. “Kevin never stops reaching back into the history of his culture or stretching forward to test the boundary of contemporary Native American art. His work continues to evolve and yet remain classic and timeless. His imagery is ever enduring.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s visionary approach to Western art allows both new and experienced art enthusiasts the opportunity to select from a distinctive collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry. Founded in Durango, CO in 2002, Sorrel Sky Gallery opened its second location in Santa Fe, NM in 2014. Representing several acclaimed and renowned painters, sculptors and jewelers, including Kevin Red Star, Star Liana York, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.